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  Peter Herrmann Lomé 2015

Since 1989, Galerie Peter Herrmann has been exhibiting contemporary art with an African focus by artists from around the world alongside authentic classical art from West and Central Africa.

Our meticulously curated exhibitions are well-attended by visitors from all cultural backgrounds and social strata. The participating artists are carefully chosen and coordinated into the program with emphatically diverse positions.

In presenting African content, the gallery works to high art historical standards; it is one of the few galleries in the world that consistently presents African art over a long timeline.

In the early 1990s, a number of established artists were added to the gallery’s program and introduced to the global public in the ambitious large-scale exhibitions Africa Explores and Les magiciens de la terre (Magicians of the Earth).


In addition to promoting established artists, the gallery has also had considerable success supporting talented newcomers – first at the local level, then internationally. In 1994, Der Stamm der weissen Krieger (The Tribe of the White Warrior) > exhibition of Ralf Schmerberg’s work drew record crowds, and in 1995/96, the movie Hommage à noir, also by Schmerberg, received about 20 international film awards. As production manager of both the exhibition and the film, Peter Herrmann received his first major recognition beyond local borders >. Further supra-regional attention followed with participation in the 7th Triennale der Kleinplastik Europa-Afrika (Triennial of Small Sculpture Europe-Africa) and Vielfaches Echo (Multiple Echoes), for which twelve museums and ten leading galleries came together in Stuttgart with support from large companies like Daimler and Deutsche Bahn >. For the first time, Peter Herrmann found himself at the center of the organization and was able, in cooperation with the Office for Cultural Affairs, to emphasize key pragmatic points.

He went on to curate a series of exhibitions at art societies in Landshut, Kühlungsborn, Dresden and Wiesbaden. Since that time, his art society duties, gallery tours, lecture invites and consulting work have been on the continual rise. Chéri Samba’s first retrospective exhibition, curated by Carola Grässlin in 2005 at the Braunschweig Art Society, serves as a notable example for his consulting activities.

Three artists with which the gallery worked in 2004 participated in the Documenta XI, two additional ones in the Documenta XII and nine in Africa Remix in Dusseldorf, London, Johannesburg, Paris and Tokyo. Gallery artists continue to participate in all biennales worldwide from Venice to Gwangju, Havana to Dakar. Art fair appearances include Art Cologne, Art Karlsruhe and the Johannesburg Art Fair.

The reputation built by these high-profile successes allowed the gallery to turn its attention to non-African artists whose work is nonetheless thematically related to the African continent. The very successful touring work Stille Post (Chinese Whispers) by Angelika Böck > – on view in various locations as part of the Die obere Hälfte - Die Büste seit Auguste Rodin (The Upper Half – The Bust since Auguste Rodin) exhibit – was first shown in the Galerie Peter Herrmann. The gallery was also the sole gallery in Europe to show Laura Anderson Barbata’s anthropological pieces in cooperation with the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg >, and thanks to its Around and Around > exhibition concept, it was able to obtain selected work for other exhibitions by a number of prominent western artists like Joseph Kosuth, Martin Kippenberger, Haim Steinbach, Tobias Rehberger and Imi Knoebel. Juxtaposition alongside these established artists has been instrumental in the breakthrough of many young artists from Africa. The gallery has brokered full-collection sales around the world and significantly influenced the market value of several African artists.

It also set important impulses in motion with the Künstlerinnen aus Afrika (Female Artists from Africa) > exhibition series. Until 2004, 95% of exhibited African artists were men. After intensive research, we were able to present a cycle of five group exhibitions of female artists; many of the women we showed have since gone on to international careers, and all major exhibitions on African art since then have followed the gallery’s lead, showing female artists on the market according to their actual percentage. Otobong Nkanga and Ingrid Mwangi are just two examples of outstanding women who received greater attention after being presented by our gallery, which also helped Sokari Douglas Camp become the first female artist with African roots to be commissioned for an art-in-public-space project in Germany – for the Deutsche Welle in Bonn.

Supporting local artistic activity is another importance aspect of the gallery’s work. In Stuttgart from 1989 to late 2000, in Berlin until mid-2013 and in Lomé today, the gallery has organized events and openings that provide an intellectual platform for dialogue. Music, gastrosophy, literature and theater are embedded in the gallery program, focal points of collaborations like the Afrika Festival Potsdam and the perennial Africome project, carried out in conjunction with the Federal Agency for Civic Education. Peter Herrmann’s controversial opinions are in frequent demand at panel discussions and roundtables on the subject of Africa – listen to an example here, a talk with Clementine Deliss and Stefan Eisenhofer on the cultural radio program SWR2 >.

When it comes to old, classical art from Africa, the gallery occupies a special place on the international scene. Peter Herrmann has consistently changed the imagery and wording used to communicate information in this realm, curating exhibitions without ever using terms like "tribal art" or "primitive art." As much as possible, he’s avoided designating artists as representatives of "primitive peoples" or automatically placing their work in an unreflective "fertility, mysticism and spirituality" context. Indeed, extracting Africa-related art terms from the ethnological context is one of the gallery’s basic philosophies and central themes.

One of sub-Saharan Africa’s greatest tragedies is a loss of history, which can only be truly rediscovered on the basis of art. Transmission through spoken word and artistic performances yielded to western written and archived history, producing static truths as opposed to what Amadou Hampate Bâ describes as dynamic truth. Ethnology as archive administrator offers no sufficient tools for addressing this circumstance and shows little ambition to try. Since the traditional market for classical African art is grounded in ethnological description forms, it’s no wonder the gallery is viewed as an increasingly solitary outsider. Consider Peter Hermann’s papers and provocative theses on the topic of bronzes from West and Central Africa, which have changed the market and now serve as the basis for discussion at many universities around the world. The attempt to reconcile ideals and commercial interest is among the gallery’s foremost goals.

In addition to selling high-quality art, we also loan out exhibits to film and photography productions, organize and curate exhibitions for galleries, businesses and museums, provide expertise to customers and issue reports for insurance and customs purposes.

As an expert on African art and culture, Peter Herrmann frequently consults on political and economic matters. Examples include the preparation of several parliamentary specialist discussions under the direction of Dr. Uschi Eid and membership in the Africa Foundation, where Bundestag members of all parties are represented. Also worth mentioning is the invitation to Bellevue Palace from former Federal President Horst Köhler, which afforded Peter Hermann the opportunity to explain his positions and offer suggestions for future German cultural policy towards Africa.

In 1995, we became the first gallery in Germany – and probably in the world – to develop an online presence; since then, we’ve been working on numerous technological projects, mostly in the realm of user support and software development. The goal of this pioneering work is to make the gallery independent of traditional geographical sites. Warehousing, exhibition preparation, placement of artists and changes in customer conduct are some of the most important areas in which this web-inclusive operational structure has made itself felt. The Around and Around exhibition was the world’s first exhibition documented online, a symbol for this technological change >.

Today, our domain is home to 4,500 pages of images and detailed texts, corresponding to around 50 catalogues whose full contents are available to you free of charge. Our site receives particularly high traffic from educational institutions, which often quote from our texts and biographies, a loyal group of collectors who appreciate illustrated artist pages and a number of international visitors who find us via links from university directories, Africa servers and general search engines. In total, the site welcomes between 20,000 and 55,000 visitors per month.

Navigation of our site is simplified by the Menu Bar, which appears on almost every page.


Our 8 Menu options, for your orientation

Home - On the left side of the old menu bar, at the top right on the new one. Clicking this link will take you back to the starting point, the best page to save as a bookmark.

Email – A virtual sheet of paper. If you’d like to join our mailing list, leave a comment, express a purchase interest or share a critique, this is the place to do it.

About – The page on which you currently find yourself, where key data is permanently presented. On the old menu bar, this page can be found under Information.

News – By far the most trafficked page, where you can find lively information about our own and other interesting exhibitions. Here, we let you know what our artists are up to, present the occasional editorial, direct your attention to new websites and share interesting information from behind the scenes.

Exhibitions – Here you will find extensive images and texts full of cross-references. A different way to experience the represented artists and Peter Hermann’s curatorial work. On the old menu bar, this section can still be found under Around and Around – the name of what was for a long time our most important exhibition, which gave this section its title for 18 years. This part of the website is highly frequented for research purposes.

Artists – Here you’ll find, alphabetically listed, the visual artists and handful of musicians represented by the gallery and exhibited in various shows. Most of the artists are presented in detail on their own individual pages. Until the mid-2000s, it was a virtually sure thing: the artists who could be found on our domain through Internet searches were automatically positioned internationally and could consequently be found in all art directories and rankings around the world – our hard work made sure of that.

Classical Art – Here you can see a portion of Peter Herrmann’s collection and works for sale divided by region. Most of the objects presented are available for purchase, though several important pieces that have already been sold remain archived on the site for research purposes. Art historically controversial pieces are accompanied by explanatory texts. In the coming years, this section will undergo a major relaunch in which the archive and current offering will be separated.

Articles – Since late 2013, a specifically designated section that previously existed only vaguely as a part of the archive. In subsections, you’ll find illuminating editorials in which we sometimes poke fun at incompetence, several keynote speeches, a small selection of books and project descriptions. A very extensive collection of press articles provides an outsider impression of our work. For collectors, art historians and exhibition organizers, an invaluable resource.

The images and texts may be copied for private use, but please note that the copyright attribution for multiple reproductions belongs to Peter Herrmann. For questions pertaining to publishing rights, please consult us directly.

Take advantage of the gallery’s extensive offering. Purchase art and seek advice about value and impact. Avail yourself of Peter Herrmann’s knowledge of exhibition design, construction and curatorial content. We organize exhibitions in various price ranges for companies, art societies and museums and are happy to provide African-influenced music and top-quality catering on request. A large network of freelancers with technical and academic training awaits your inquiry. The gallery also provides art historians for text, image and lectures and cultural managers to supervise projects or artists in exchange programs. We make books, design websites for artists and advise on portfolios.

Contact us for the resale of individual artworks or entire collections.

A warm welcome from the world’s leading gallery for African art.

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Selected references
  -African Creative Network.
-Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft (German-African Business Association)
-Art Cologne
-Art Karlsruhe
-Auswärtiges Amt Ref. 602 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
-Black Pearl. Mary Appiah
-Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung. Berlin
-Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft. Berlin
-Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Centre for Political Education - Ministry of the Interior)
-Copyright Projektbüro. Berlin
-Daimler Art Collection. Stuttgart
-Daimler-Chrysler/Worldbank. Mr. Josef Gorgels
-Deutsche Afrika Stiftung e. V.
-Deutsche Welle. Cologne/Bonn 
-DoualArt. Cameroon. Marilyn Douala-Bell
-Dr. Uschi  Eid. State Secretary, Ministry for Development and Collaboration
-epd. Evangelischer Pressedienst. (Evangelical Press Service) Konrad Melchers
-Embassy of the Federal Republik of Nigeria. Senator Emeka P. Echeruo
-Embassy of the Republik of South Africa. Mr. Moses Chikane
-Focus10. | Focus11. Müller/Schön/Ch. Eyene. Basel.
-Fondation Blachere.
-Fototage Wiesbaden
-Frauenmuseum Wiesbaden
-Galerie Achim Kubinski. Berlin (Around and Around)
-Galerie NOMAD, Paris
-Galerie Alexander Ochs, Berlin (Der Rest der Welt)
-Galerie der Stadt Villach. Dr. Renate Obud
-Galerie im Thalhaus. Wiesbaden. Marie Pittroff
-Galerie Klinger, Görlitz
-Gallery MoMo. Johannesburg, ZA.
-Goethe-Forum/Haus der Kulturen der Welt. (House of World Cultures). Michael Thoss
-Hamburgisches Museum für Völkerkunde. (Ethnological Museum Hamburg) Prof. Dr. Wulf Köpke
-Hardenberg Concept GmbH 2012
-Historisches Museum, Berlin
-Institut français du Dresden
-Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen. (Insitute for Foreign Relations), Stuttgart
-International Finance Corporation (IFC). Collection World Bank.
-Institut français de Dresden
-Iwalewa-Haus. University of Bayreuth, Germany.
-JoburArtFair. Johannesburg
-Kiscelli Museum, Budapest.
-Kunstverein Ostseebad Kühlungsborn. 
-Kulturamt Stuttgart. (Cultural Ministry) Dr. Jana Magdowski
-Kulturen in Bewegung, Vienna.
-Kunsthalle Wien.  Vienna
-Kunstraum Potsdam.
-Kunstverein Braunschweig. Karola Graesslin
-Laboratory Ralf Kotalla
-Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden
-Museum of World Culture. Gothenburg, Sweden
-nbgk. Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (art association). Berlin.
-Nelson Mandela Children Fund
-Neue Galerie Landshut.
-p.art.ners berlin-windhoek
-Pigozzi Collection
-Revue Noir, Paris
-Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
-SAFRI. Southern Africa Initiative of German Business.
-Sammlung der Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (corporate art collection).
-Sammlung der Baden-Württembergischen Bank (corporate art collection).
-Sammlung Hans Bogatzke (ex. Now in Angola)
-SPARCK - Space for Pan African Research Creation and Knowledge.
-Stadsgalerij Heerlen
-Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde München. (Ethnological Mus. Munich) Dr. Stefan Eisenhofer.
-Trigger Happy Productions. Berlin
-UN, Palais des Nations, Genf.
-Wolfgang Roth and Partners Fine Art
-Zagreus Projekt. Berlin.
-2yk Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben. Berlin

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Opening speeches and Greetings

-Christina Rau, Spouse of late German President Johannes Rau.
-Prof. Jutta Limbach, President of Goethe-institut.
-Dr. Uschi Eid, Member of Parliament, former Parliamentary State Secretary BMZ and G8 representative for Africa.
-Horst Köhler, German President.
-Josef Gorgels, managment board, Daimler AG. (SADC)
-Matthias Platzeck, President of Brandenburg.
-Holger Rupprecht, Minister for Education, Youth and Sport, Brandenburg.
-Rezzo Schlauch, Former Parliamentary State Secretary. Ministry of Economy.
-Prof. Kurt Weidemann, Typograph and Designer.
-Klaus Paysan. Mentor, Fotographer and Expert (Congo, Cameroon, Mali)
-Late Senator Echeruo, Ambassador, Rep. of Nigeria.
-Hartwig Fischer, Member of Parliament.

Thanks also to many journalists, authors, artists, associates and cooperating galleries worldwide.

  Senator Echeruo und Dr Uschi Eid, MdB

Photo: Susanne Kaufmann © Galerie Peter Herrnann

In their Opening speeches to an audience of 300 people, both Dr. Uschi Eid, State Secretary for the Ministry of Development and Cooperation, and the late Nigerian Ambassador, Senator Emeka P.  Echeruo, emphasized the importance of the 11 years of cooperative work between Africa and Europe. (04.15.2000)

  Christiane Rau und Jürgen Schadeberg

Photo: Silke Mayer © Galerie Peter Herrnann

H.E. Christina Rau, wive of former German President Johannes Rau, talking with Jürgen Schadeberg. October 2003 at Peter Herrmann Gallery >>

  Dr. Horst Köhler

Photo:Audrey Peraldi © Galerie Peter Herrnann

21.10.2010. Former German President Dr. Horst Köhler was visiting the Gallery.

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For an idea of what a collaboration with curator Peter Herrmann might look like, we present the following selection of past exhibitions, some shown in the gallery, some at other venues. Over the past 25 years, our gallery activities have included some 300 exhibitions on African themes:

Documented Exhibitions (Selection):
Around and Around
Der Stamm der weissen Krieger (The Tribe of the White Warriors)
Dreierkonferenz (Three-way Conference)
Traditionelle afrikanische Kunst (Traditional African Art)
200 Jahre Metallkunst aus Afrika (200 Years African Metal Arts)
Gruppenausstellung Über-Blick (Group Exhibition Overview)
Vielfaches Echo (Multiple Echoes)

Undocumented Exhibitions (Selection):
Die Erfindung der Skulptur (The Discovery of Sculpture)
Auf den Spuren Heinrich Barths (On the Tracks of Heinrich Barth)
Maskenwesen in Afrika (Masks in Africa)
Ausgrabungen der Nok- und Djennekultur (Unearthing the Nok and Djenne Cultures)
Traditionelle Kunst aus Mali und Burkina Faso (Traditional Art from Mali & Burkina Faso)
Das Grasland Kameruns (Cameroon's Grasslands)

Comprehensive sites are available for research purposes:

A selection of relevant literature:
Books and Videos

  Innenansicht Gerberstraße

View of a previous location: Stuttgart, Gerberstrasse, 2000

The juxtaposition of artists (as shown above) recurs as an installation concept, notably in the exhibits Vielfaches Echo (Multiple Echoes) and Around and Around, curated by the Gallery and in 7. Triennale der Kleinplastik (7th Triennial of Small Sculpture) Documenta XI or Africa Remix.

  Peter Herrmann bei einer Rede
home Stuttgart, Friedenstrasse

Peter Herrmann giving a speech at the Opening of Around & Around, at the gallery in Stuttgart's Friedensstrasse (04.16.1999). Shown in the photo are works by Joseph Kosuth, Tobias Rehberger, Chéri Samba and Pascale Marthine Tayou.

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Stuttgart Bad-Cannstatt
Kreuznacher Straße
Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt


Gerberstraße. Stuttgart

Schlüterstraße. Berlin

Uhlandstraße. Berlin

Torstraße. Berlin

Brunnenstraße 154
Brunnenstraße. Berlin
Front. 1st and 2nd floor

Brunnenstraße. Backyard
Side wing and parking space

Potsdamer Straße 98A
Potsdamer Straße 98A

Lomé Togo
Villa Le Colombier

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  Organisations and Art Associations:
africaserver. nl
art association neue galerie landshut
art association neuer berliner kunstverein
art association stuttgarter kunstverein
kunsttransit berlin
neue gesellschaft für bildende kunst. ngbk, berlin
p.art.ners Berlin - Windhoek
rural network
Magazines and Newspapers:
african arts. ancient art from africa.usa
africa live
artthrop. contemporary art from africa. za
critical interventions
lettre. de
art magazin berlin
nka. contemporary art from africa. usa
revue noir. contemporary art from africa
arteafricano it
journal ethnologie

afroton. musical instruments
african cookbooks
music agency griot
Laboratory Ralf Kotalla

Museums and Institutes::
4 museums in cameroun
akademie schloss solitude

ethnological museum hamburg
ethnological museum berlin
ethnological museum munich
ethnological museum frankfurt
ethnological museum cologne
ethnological museums, directory for d, ch, at
institute for foreign relations. berlin, stuttgart
iwalewa-haus university bayreuth
les instituts français en allemagne
palais de tokyo. fr
smithsonians national museum of african art
the house of world cultures berlin
university pennsylvania. african studies

university virginia. african art
Shows and Foundations:
berlin biennale
calender biennales/triennales
documenta XI
international biennales/triennales
stiftung vergessene kulturgüter


african art on the internet
african loxo

berlin art info
contemporary art in stuttgart

culturall directory
kunst magazin berlin
tribal explorer
universes in universe.africa
us-africa. general informations
Le Galion
(up from 9 Euro. Lomé)

Stuttgart, Gerberstrasse. 1999


Berlin, Schlüterstrasse, 2001

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Visitors to my website

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Statistik Oktober 2009

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Additional Services Provided by the Gallery
Lending of objects and consultation for Africa-related photo and film projects. Appraisals for both Customs and Insurance.
Valuations of African Art.
Exhibit Design for museums, corporations and art associations sharing the themes of the Gallery.
Installations with experienced handymen and art handlers.

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Galerie Peter Herrmann makes every effort to provide comprehensive and accurate information on its website, however, this website is for informational purposes and we do not make guarantees as to the completeness or accuracy of its content. The same is true for the contents of external websites to which hyperlinks have been provided; the Gallery is not responsible, nor has influence on the content of those sites.

Peter Herrmann
12 BP 471
Lomé - Togo
+228 - 90 56 99 48

(Important juridical indication: There are no street names in Avepozo. It is neither a veiling nor negligence if no name appears in the given address. This is Togo in Africa and not Central Europe)